True North: Emerging Leader Edition


In True North: Emerging Leader Edition, renowned leadership expert Bill George and Millennial tech entrepreneur Zach Clayton issue the challenge to emerging leaders—from Gen X to Millennials and Gen Z—to lead their organizations authentically through never-ending crises to make this world a better place for everyone.

Emerging leaders do so by discovering their “True North”—who they are—and then finding their “North Star”—their leadership purpose. To navigate today’s complexities, George and Clayton show emerging leaders how to lead with their hearts, not just their heads, with passion, compassion, and moral courage by being true to their values to reach their full potential as they take on great challenges and navigate complex issues.

Harvard professor Bill George, with four best-selling books to his credit including the timeless classic True North, is the former CEO of Medtronic who established authentic leadership in 2003. He teams up with Zach Clayton, an emerging leader still amid his own leadership development journey, to give emerging leaders the definitive guide for leading in today’s complex world.

The Emerging Leader Edition is filled with dramatic stories from successful leaders such as Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Merck’s Ken Frazier to PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi and General Motors’ Mary Barra, and emerging leaders like OneTrust’s Kabir Barday and Kanbrick’s Tracy Britt Cool of how they overcame great challenges to build highly successful organizations.

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The Emerging Leader Edition of True North is the classic guide for every current and aspiring leader to reach their full, authentic potential.

Authors Zach Clayton and Bill George


The Emerging Leader Edition of True North bids to be a classic, as the successor to the leadership work of Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, standing alongside Drucker’s The Effective Executive and Bennis’s On Becoming a Leader. I salute Bill on his best book.”

Foreword by David Gergen; author, Hearts Touched by Fire

“At a time when many of society’s challenges lay at the feet of corporate America, Bill George is an important voice on courageous leadership. The original True North is an essential playbook for executives who aim to lead with their values. I am grateful to contribute to this Emerging Leader Edition for the next generation.”

Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President, Ariel Investments; Chair, Starbucks

“Bill George shares with us his unique and beautiful perspective on leadership in the XXIth century. His immense wisdom is incredibly timely and more relevant than ever. It will no doubt help every emerging leader, as well as established leaders. An indispensable companion for all of us.”

Hubert Joly, former Best Buy CEO; Senior lecturer, Harvard Business School; author, The Heart of Business

“Bill George tells the stories of leaders united by one belief: You can’t deliver value unless you anchor yourself in values. Bill does a masterful job showing anyone on the journey of leadership what it takes to discover your own True North.”

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

“We need courageous and authentic leaders at all levels. Emerging Leader Edition of True North is an essential companion for anyone who aspires to make a positive difference in a world where trust and authenticity are the defining characteristics of great leaders.”

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; author, Net Positive

“In Emerging Leader Edition of True North, Bill George captures the practice and value of skilled and motivated authentic leaders working together on a strategy and a plan to deliver a compelling vision. It’s a must-read! Thank you, Bill!!”

Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor

“This is the most robust and practical leadership book I have ever read, period. Bill George, one of the most admired leaders of our time, packs several lifetimes of wisdom into one quick and compelling read.”

Tom Rath, author of Strengths Finder 2.0

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